Runaway dogs: Here are the most common reasons and breeds

21 August 2018

Check out the most common reasons why dogs run away, that will help you understand your little canine buddy better!

Runaway dogs: Here are the most common reasons and breeds

Boredom, curiosity, fear….There is always a reason why dogs run a way. But still some dog breeds are more likely to run off than others. Check out who is the all time runaway!

 The running Labrador

Who would have thought?! Recent research has found that Labrador Retrievers are most likely to run off, followed by the Cocker Spaniel. The study is made by Blue Cross pet charity and the researchers surveyed 2,000 dog owners all over Britain.

Most dogs run away because they want to play and explore the world outside their own garden.

They don’t mean to become lost, but if they catch a smell or notice something exciting further away it can be hard for them to resist not running off. In that case, dogs are a bit like children. You probably remember when you wanted to run away when you were younger? Seeking adventure, seeking freedom from rules or just because you loved being outside. Dogs run away for the same reasons. Especially dogs that are locked in a home or a small yard for hours without any attention or stimulation can get bored or lonely. This can cause them to feel the need to find entertainment somewhere else, like in the neighbors garden or in the park chasing cats.

Some dogs also run away if they’re in an unfamiliar home or new location. Dogs value routine and are creatures of habit. When they are in an unfamiliar location, like a holiday location, it is likely that they will run off and try to find their way home.

Frighteningly loud noises can also be a reason for escape. When dogs hear thunder, loud beeping or fireworks they may feel the need to escape to get away from the sound. In general, fear is a common reason for dogs to run off as they instinctively want to get away from the frightening situation.

 Top 10 dog breeds most likely to run away

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Cocker Spaniel
  3. Jack Russell
  4. German Shepherd
  5. English Springer Spaniel
  6. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  7. Border Collie
  8. West Highland Terrier
  9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  10. Yorkshire Terrier

No more running away!

There are a few things you can do to put a stop to your dog’s running away. Most important is walking and exercise! When you take your dog out for a walk a few times a day there is less need for self-seeking adventure. Make sure that your dog gets the chance to experience the world outside the garden at least once a day.

If you are away during the day, and need to leave your dog unattended in a safe area, you have to make the area interesting for him. If it’s inside or outside in the garden, you have to make sure that your dear friend is entertained. You could, for example, hide treats that he has to find or provide him with interactive toys. Keeping your pet activated and entertained is the best way to prevent boredom, curiosity and escape.

If your dog is a fence-jumping type, you might need to increase the height 🙂

Track your runaway

Should it happen that your four-legged friend escapes, a GPS tracker can help you find  your runaway. Attach a Tractive GPS Tracker to your dog’s collar and you will always know where your pup is.

The LIVE-Tracking feature makes it possible for you to follow every step of your beloved pet in real-time and see the current position of your pet on a map.

If you know that your dog is a fence-jumper, you can define a safe zone which works like a virtual fence. Whenever your pet leaves the safe zone, you will be notified right away on your mobile device.

The Tractive GPS Tracker is available for iOS and Android.

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